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Illinois Mesothelioma Doctors, Cancer Centers and Treatment


Mesothelioma patients who live in Illinois have access to quality mesothelioma treatment options in state. Conventional mesothelioma treatments available in Illinois include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Beyond these conventional treatments, clinical trials may currently be recruiting pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma patients in Illinois.

We provide a list of top mesothelioma doctors that practice in Illinois as well as the top cancer care centers in the state. A list of local cancer support services has been included as well for your convenience. Learn more about health care options available to you in Illinois here.

Illinois Mesothelioma Statistics
  • 2,003

    Mesothelioma Deaths, 1999 - 2015

  • 168

    Asbestosis Deaths, 1999 - 2015

  • 2,171

    Total Deaths, 1999 - 2015

Top Illinois Mesothelioma Cancer Centers

Quality cancer treament services are available at the following mesothelioma cancer centers in Illinois. More detailed information about each cancer center is available by clicking on the appropriate a cancer center detail link.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Schaumburg, IL

Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a top cancer center where leading mesothelioma doctors use the latest mesothelioma treatment protocols to help their cancer patients.

CTCA Midwestern Regional Medical Center

CTCA Midwestern Regional Medical Center

Zion, IL

CTCA Midwestern Regional Medical Center is among the best mesothelioma cancer centers in the nation with top doctors providing state of the art cancer treatment for patients.

Edward Hospital Multi-Disciplinary Thoracic Oncology Clinic

Edward Hospital Multi-Disciplinary Thoracic Oncology Clinic

Naperville, IL

Edward Hospital Multi-Disciplinary Thoracic Oncology Clinic is a leading cancer clinic where some of the best mesothelioma doctors in the country provide quality cancer treatment for patients.

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Chicago, IL

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center is a top cancer center where leading mesothelioma doctors use the latest mesothelioma treatment protocols to help their cancer patients.

Rush University Cancer Center

Rush University Cancer Center

Chicago, IL

Rush University Cancer Center in Chicago, Illinois is home to a Thoracic Oncology Program where comprehensive treatments are offered for mesothelioma and other malignancies of the chest.

The University of Chicago Medicine

The University of Chicago Medicine

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago Cancer Research Center is a top cancer clinic where leading mesothelioma doctors employ the latest treatment methods to help cancer patients.

Top Illinois Mesothelioma Doctors

The following mesothelioma doctors are located and practice in the state of Illinois. Click on a specific doctor link to obtain more information about their background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Traves D. Crabtree, M.D.

Dr. Crabtree
Springfield, IL

Dr. Traves D. Crabtree

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

SIU Cardiothoracic Surgery at Simmons Cancer Institute

Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 545-8000

Dr. Traves D. Crabtree is a thoracic surgeon and affiliated with the The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri where he specializes in treating pleural diseases including mesothelioma.

Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran, M.D.

Dr. Vigneswaran
Maywood, IL

Dr. Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran

Division Director, Thoracic Surgery

Loyola University Medical Center

Maywood, IL 60153
(888) 584-7888

Dr. Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran is a cardiac and thoracic surgeon at Loyola University Medical Center with expertise in treating patients with thoracic cancers such as pleural mesothelioma.

Philip D. Bonomi, M.D.

Dr. Bonomi
Chicago, IL

Dr. Philip D. Bonomi

Medical Oncologist

Rush University Cancer Center

Section of Medical Oncology
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-5904

Dr. Philip Bonomi is a thoracic and cardiothoracic oncology specialist at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago with particular research interests in the areas of lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Michael J. Liptay, M.D.

Dr. Liptay
Chicago, IL

Dr. Michael J. Liptay

Head of the Division of Thoracic Surgery

Rush University Cancer Center

Rush Professional Office Building
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 738-3732

Dr. Michael Liptay is head of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois where he specializes in treating mesothelioma and other lung diseases.

Hedy Lee Kindler, M.D.

Dr. Kindler
Chicago, IL

Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler

Director, Mesothelioma Program

The University of Chicago Medicine

Center for Advanced Medicine
Chicago, IL 60637
(855) 702-8222

Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler is a top cancer researcher investigating new treatments for malignant mesothelioma and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center in the Department of Hematology/Oncology.

It is not uncommon for patients to travel outside of their current states to meet with top oncologists and thoracic surgeons across the country. These mesothelioma experts usually have a particular focus within their practice.

Top Peritoneal Mesothelioma Doctors in the Country
Paul H. Sugarbaker, M.D.

Paul H. Sugarbaker, M.D.

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David Bartlett, MD

David Bartlett, MD

Vice Chair, Surgical Oncology Services Map Marker UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Find Cancer Support Services in Illinois

The following cancer support services may be of help to you while you are receiving treatment for mesothelioma in Illinois. Support services for mesothelioma patients include patient transport, temporary housing, physical therapy and counseling.

Illinois Treatment Support Services

  • Counseling & Support Groups

    • Wellness House
    • Gilda's Club Chicago
    • Living Well
    • Cancer Wellness Center - Northbrook
    • Cancer Support Center
  • Long-Term Housing

    • Pay-It-Forward House NFP
    • IMD Guest House
    • Carle Guest House
    • Quincy Hospitality House
  • Patient Transport

    • Dispatch Medical Transport
    • A and I Medical Transportation, Inc.
    • Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois
    • SCR Medical Transportation
  • Physical Therapy

    • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
    • Presence Health
    • InnerStrength Rehabilitation Services for Cancer Patients, Inc.
      (St. Charles)
    • CTCA at Midwestern Regional Medical Center

Financial Assistance for Mesothelioma Treatment

The costs associated with mesothelioma treatment can add up quickly. Additionally, many people may need to take time off work or stop working altogether to deal with their cancer diagnosis.

The table below provides cost estimates for some of the procedures commonly used in diagnosing and treating mesothelioma.

Common Costs Associated with Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma Diagnosis & Treatment Costs Approximate Cost Range
Diagnostic Imaging (CT, PET, MRI) $800 – $1,600 per scan
Needle Biopsy $500 – $700
Thoracoscopy or Pleuroscopy (lungs) or Laparoscopy (abdomen) $3,600 – $5,000
Thoracotomy (lungs) or Laparotomy (abdomen) $7,800 – $7,900
Surgery – Lobectomy/Pneumonectomy (removal of part or all of a lung) $13,000 – $17,000
Radiation $7,000 – $12,000
Chemotherapy – Pemetrexed (Alimta®) $37,000 – $50,000
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) $700 – $1,000

NOTE: The table above does not take insurance payments or reimbursements into account. These cost estimates are estimated using data from the FAIR Health Consumer Cost Lookup tool, Healthcare Bluebook, and other sources.

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